New Year’s resolutions, and why is decluttering so darn hard?

Hello and Happy New Year!  How is everyone’s January going so far?


Are you one of those people that make a list of New Years resolutions? At the end of the year my husband and I (ok, mainly my husband, but it is something we do together) sit down to write our resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. It’s also a time to revisit the list of the previous year’s goals to see how we did. I admit, he is so much better at this than I am, but he’s definitely having a good influence on me!




So as I go over my 2020 goal list, of course the first one is working on my health and fitness. I know that without a specific plan, my goals will be difficult to achieve. The initial steps will be small and manageable, so they aren’t overwhelming. I know that I will have to schedule my exercise times for each week, or they will likely be skipped. This is not something I love doing (yet!!), so until I get into a routine I will need to put a bit more planning into it.




I am more likely to work out when I have a trainer who is expecting me for a class, which is why I am more consistent when I have a Crossfit membership. Many people hire trainers to give specific plans and to help them with accountability. This may also work for some people with organization goals for their spaces. Hiring an organizer can be a great motivator to get those projects done! Organizers have the experience plan the right approach to get you the results you are looking for.



Some clients have said to me, “I don’t know why I can’t do this myself!” There can be many obstacles to getting organized, so it’s not anything to feel bad about! Getting organized can be hard. When you work and have family commitments, it leaves little time for organization. Many have physical conditions that make it difficult to do the actual work of decluttering.   But just like working out, it will make you feel so much better when it is done.  And the organizing process can go so much faster, and be  much less intimidating with help. An extra set of hands, and an outside perspective of your belongings can be so helpful in getting a space organized.


1. Decide what area would make you feel better if it wasn’t cluttered. Is it a cluttered front closet, or a linen closet with too many sheet sets? (I personally prefer having one winter set of sheets and one warm weather set. Wash, dry and back on the bed. No folding required until the end of the season!) Whatever area would make your life easier if it were organized, start there. Make sure to allow enough time for the size space you wish to work on.

2. Grab some bags and boxes…you want to be ready for all that purging!

3. Completely empty that space. EVERYTHING out.

4. Sort into categories, decide what you must keep. Donate or trash the rest. Less truly is more. In the words of Queen Elsa, “Let it go!!!” You can keep what you want, if you truly love it, need it, and can find a home for it.

5. Put the kept items back in a way that makes sense to you. It might not look Pinterest perfect, but if you can find it quickly when you need it and everything has a home, then that’s organization! Good job!

Whether you decide to hire an organizer, swap doing organizing projects with a friend or go it alone, getting your home organized will save you time, money and stress!!


Happy New Year! If getting organized is one of your New Years resolutions, let’s make some goals and get them done!!


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